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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 25, 2009 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks . . .

Yes - thanks to all our Veterans and their families. THANK YOU! When I was growing up, nearly all my friends' dads had served in WW 2. My dad flew missions over Europe in WW 2. He took pictures. In my late teens, I had some older friends who served in Korea. During the late 60s our veterans allowed us hippies to go bonkers objecting over the unjust war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The cruel nature of the Draft Board caused 1000s of our "poor" young men to be involuntarily sent to their deaths. I just barely missed getting drafted myself. I lucked out because I pulled a "good number" during the 2nd year of the new draft lottery. Many of my friends were drafted and sent to 'Nam. Some of my friends were killed. Many came back wounded and maimed. Some of them came home addicted to heroin. Over 4 million Vietnamese were killed.

Grateful Dead at Kresge Plaza
May 6, 1970

free benefit show for nationwide college campus protests
The show kicks off appropriately w/ Dancin' in the Streets

audio stream for SBD
info page on The Archive


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I respect and admire our troops who serve professionally. It is disgusting to me that our leaders DO NOT have the courage, honor, and dignity to send our troops off to war ONLY WHEN it is absolutely necessary - unlike the senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The best way to appreciate, honor, respect, and support our troops and their families is to bring them home safely. Please bring our troops home — NOW (not in pine boxes). Will we ever learn how to live sustainably?

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 25, 2009 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks . . .

Monte's excellent post (and the Holiday) put me in mind of these apt lyrics by Mr. Paul Westerberg...

Pine Box
by Paul Westerberg

He never hit my mama
Hit that beach at Omaha
He never hit my mama
But hit that beach at Omaha
He lived - not gonna tell
About a goddamn thing he saw

Pine box and a white stone
Pine box and a free ride home
He had a pine box and a white stone

Baby brother laid before he had a chance to crawl
Baby brother got laid before he had a chance to crawl
He came and he stayed and he's there at Iwo Jima

Pine box and a white stone
Pine box and a free ride home
Pine box and a white stone
Pine box

Ain't afraid of dying
Living has got him stumped
Stand before God
He kneeled down in front
Ain't afraid of dying
Living has got him stumped
Stand before God
He kneeled down in front

Pine box and a white stone
Pine box and a free ride home
Pine box and a white stone

He always took it slow
He always took it slow
Now there's fluid in his lungs
Always took it slow
Now there's fluid in his lungs
The HMO says "no, no, no, you're done."

Daddy's on his way to visit for the second time
Daddy's on his way to visit for the second time
The soldier cemetery where my baby sisters lie

In a pine box and a white stone
Pine box and a free ride home
Pine box and a white stone
Toughest mother fucker that I ever ought to know

Pine box
Pine box